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I own 3 Metris(es?). 2 for my business and one for the family. I have been trying to buy a new one for the family for over a year, and it seems the USPS bought them all. So I'd love to hold out hope, but I just took a 2000mi round trip vacation over two weeks and didn't see one fellow Metris. The dealer in my town barely knows it exists. The tire shops cannot align it because it doesn't exist. So to the other 100 people that bought this van, should we give up?
 

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I have several of them around me. But you are not wrong that MB hasn't been able to deliver more to the US. It's not a secret. There is demand, but supply is limited. Number of vehicles on the road is public. It's not a Honda Accord.

If you are facing a lopsided ROI then absolutely make a business choice. If it's just annoying to get an alignment and replace cabin filters, but they otherwise are great... Come here and complain and get it out of your system.
 

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I spend a lot of time in a rural state with only one average size MB dealership and a super tiny one ... and besides the Post Office ones, I can spot other Metris vans. Often from out of state, up here for service, parts, ... but they're around.

For the most part the market, based on volume, I'd say over here the market ( after pickups of all kinds ) is dominated with cheap ProMasters, Transits and then Sprinters. Because commercial use, big van, cheap price, lives outside its whole life.

Anyhow. Yes, it is a shame for those wanting to buy a or another Metris, that the USPS order has dried up the supply. I wonder if there is also a struggle for Vitos and V-classes in EU, of if that has remained intact andjust the US production is 80-90-? % postal vans.
 

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Anyone know how many were sold per year in the US? There's 5 years where supply wasn't the issue, and they weren't selling many. Now Merc has killed off the A class, supply chain issues have them focusing on higher $ vehicles, and it seems too easy for them to look at the poor sales, low profit, and kill this too.
 

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I feel like your intent here is to kick up dirt.
Hey perfect thanks for the link. Sold more than I thought! I really wonder where they are! Big cities and airports and such?

Sorry you think I have some ill intent. I'm just curious.
 

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I own 3 Metris(es?). 2 for my business and one for the family. I have been trying to buy a new one for the family for over a year, and it seems the USPS bought them all. So I'd love to hold out hope, but I just took a 2000mi round trip vacation over two weeks and didn't see one fellow Metris. The dealer in my town barely knows it exists. The tire shops cannot align it because it doesn't exist. So to the other 100 people that bought this van, should we give up?
I don't know what to say m8. I went to a Dodge dealership today just out of curiosity because they sent me a letter asking to buy my van ( They mentioned the model by name). They told me that its in very high demand and they offered me close to 50,000. I am not making this up. I don't know what is going on but there seems to be some sort of supply issue or something. I asked the rep about the Pacifica. He said it was a "nice van" but not in the league of the Mercedes in terms of performance. This despite its larger cylinder engine, etc.. Anyhow, I was also told that the V-Klasse is a collectors item. I can see that, in the eu they are used for everything but just like the Sprinters and G-Wagon. Those too started out as "just utility or military" vehicals. We see now how they are regarded. If you really want a Metris then you need to come around my region. They are assembled here you know. They know how to do everything on them over in Charleston.
 

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I see them in the SF Bay Area.

When I bought my Sprinter, the dealer said they wanted them but couldn't order. They offered to by my Metris, which is what I used to drive to the dealer.

The sprinters were sold out for a year and were charging $15k over invoice.
 

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I poked around the website through which I found the dealership that sold me my van, out of state. Very limited supply. A few honest prices. And probably 100 duplicate listings combined for two Metri being sold by non mb dealers. So, supply is very limited, compared to even when I decided to buy now ( then ) before the pandemic.
 

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I think our vans will be very collectible. My only worry is the DOG stated expected lifespan of 155,000 miles, along with turbo and direct injection related maintenance. My dealer flat refuses to do additional work or work ahead of the idiot light coming on. I'm guessing that's a function of how slammed the dealers are with service work, and their growing inability to convince competent techs to do bargain bin gig work.
 
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Who ever came up with that number 155k live span is full of crap. These should half a million mile vans. Yes, you might have to replace the turbo and some other stuff but these are built well. I'm at 97,000 miles and still "knock on wood" zero cost since new. I change oil every 15,000 miles like the book says. Driving habits make a huge difference...short trips and heavy towing can change things.
 

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Who ever came up with that number 155k live span is full of crap. These should half a million mile vans. Yes, you might have to replace the turbo and some other stuff but these are built well. I'm at 97,000 miles and still "knock on wood" zero cost since new. I change oil every 15,000 miles like the book says. Driving habits make a huge difference...short trips and heavy towing can change things.
I expect you're right on all counts.

I used "lifespan" too casually. 155,000 miles appears to be a statistical computation that fewer than 10% of Metrises will require major engine repairs before 155,000 miles. The very last words in the '22 DOG say:

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I expect this takes into account all driving conditions. Seems like we can infer that better driving conditions and better maintenance will improve B10, but by how much we do not know.
 
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